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Ex-'Blade' Photog Who Altered Images Contracts with N.Y. Photo Agency

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Ex-'Blade' Photog Who Altered Images Contracts with N.Y. Photo Agency

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Just one month ago photographer Allan Detrich resigned from The Blade of Toledo, Ohio, after editors discovered he had altered nearly 80 images. But now Detrich has contracted with a New York photo agency to distribute hundreds of photos he took of last week's devastating tornados in Kansas.

"I personally do believe in giving a person a second chance," said J.P. Pappis, president of the Polaris Agency, a five-year-old photo news agency that is working with Detrich. "He has sent us his files and they are terrific." Pappis said. Due to Detrich's past problems, Pappis is requiring the raw files of some 700 images to be supplied so that he can be sure they are not altered. "This is a first encounter, there is a little bit of controversy in the background," Pappis admitted. "We said we had to see the raw files and he has cooperated."

If the agency is successful in selling any of Detrich's images, Pappis said future business dealings could take place. "If we are successful, we might give him a second chance," Pappis said. "He made a mistake, he was caught, so do we put him in the electric chair?"

Detrich, a former longtime Blade employee who was a 1998 Pulitzer finalist, quit on April 7 after admitting he changed a photo of a college baseball team, but claimed it had been mistakenly submitted for publication. That photo ran March 31.

When it was discovered that Detrich had altered the image, a Blade review of his work found he had submitted 79 altered images since January, with 58 appearing either in the paper or online. …

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